Google+ now has over 250 million accounts

Today, during the keynote address for the Google I/O developer conference, the company gave an update on its Google+ social networking service. Google launched Google+ without warning nearly a year ago (the launch actually happened on June 28th, 2011). Google revealed today that a year later, Google+ now has over 250 million accounts.

However, only about 150 million of those accounts are currently active, with about 50 percent of that number signing in every day. Google also revealed that Google+ users are accessing the service via the mobile app more than they are on the Google+ website. All in all, Facebook must not be too worried.

Google also announced a number of other additions and improvements to Google+. One of them is a dedicated app for Android tablets, with a version for the iPad coming soon (no word on a Windows 8 Metro version). The Android phone app is getting some improvements as well, including a smaller version of the new tablet interface.

There's also the addition of Google+ Events. This will allow users to invite others to join a special event (kind of like what Evite offers). Once the event actually begins, Google+ Events can also turn on what the company calls "party mode" where all of the individual's photos taken during the event are automatically uploaded to a special page. Other people invited to the event can also have their pictures from the event posted to the same page.

Source: Google I/O keynote

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From Vic Gundotra, Senior VP of Social Business of Google.

"- 250M+ accounts have upgraded to or signed up for a Google+ account
- 150M+ accounts are active every month
- 50% of its users sign in every day
- On average, 12 minutes a day are spent in the Google+ stream"

Considering it's just 1 year old, I think they are doing quite well for themselves. Facebook didn't instantly grow to 800+ million users that it has today. It's taken many years for that to happen. I'm quite sure not every one of them sign in daily either. I'm also quite certain that not every one of the 800+ million are active active account as well.

I'm getting really sick and tired of reading childish comments that compare Google+ to Facebook as if Google+ is expected to have as many users as Facebook does after just 1 year. Grow up!

just for once dear Google give us monthly user count not this bs about 250m who logged in with their Yt account - 75mil, now that's something i'm more able to believe as there's no news about this failed service (Google pushes everything if they can, just look at the daily activated android lie) and they lay low about it just like that other great idea of theirs, Google TV... these are services well deserved to be forgotten

I deactivated my account couple of months ago. With Facebook I've got my "stupid-and-silly-social-networks" quota fixed, no need for any other. Now Twitter, well that's something else. Love my twitter.

xankazo said,
I deactivated my account couple of months ago. With Facebook I've got my "stupid-and-silly-social-networks" quota fixed, no need for any other. Now Twitter, well that's something else. Love my twitter.

yeah for sure, I use twitter more then anything else...but Facebook is good for contacting friends

>250 Million "registered" users does not equal "active monthly" users. I and a number of my friends created Google+ accounts when it first launched, but we do not use it today. If we go into our page its once a week. I think an accurate estimate of active users would be from users who log in at least 15 times a month.

Google has started revealing themselves to more of the public, and people do not like how Google does business.

Going to a website that is pushing ads at you is far different from going to a web site that is actively collecting as much information on you as possible and then selling this information is not something people support.

The 'crack' in the Google way of business first started showing itself to users when they found out that GMail was being data mined, and has increased to finding out that all data is store in human readable formats on to finding out that Google was selling information beyond targeted advertising, and also using the trend data to manipulate and control markets.

Google also had a massive political shift following the current majority of the US House to influence oversight committees, and get Android fast-tracked for the DOD and use in the field, which with Google still holding on to traditional tracking, the secure use and applications become dangerous as Google will have logged data of their usage and the specific handsets and locations when used.

These are also issues that the DOD and NSA have been dealing with on the iPhone, as Apple's tracking is absolute as well. (Lookup South Korean lawsuit against Apple.)

So Google+ is not seen as a 'free' or 'cool' thing, and instead people are more likely question all the additional data they are collecting for free, and not even storing it in non-human readable form at Google, scary.


Melfster said,
I use google + on my mobile device because its much nicer then facebook.

Yet only interacting with yourself, because others don't know about Google+ or avoid it like the plague is not a very wise way to spend your time.

Melfster said,
I use google + on my mobile device because its much nicer then facebook.

Google+ is much nicer then Facebook, on both phone and computer IMO. Facebook looks old and outdated in comparison.

Pfft. Sign up for a Google account and you get this crap don't you?

I deactivated mine last night. They are trying to be something they aren't, just stop trying. I personally think G+ is the biggest load of **** going.

Nashy said,
Pfft. Sign up for a Google account and you get this crap don't you?

I deactivated mine last night. They are trying to be something they aren't, just stop trying. I personally think G+ is the biggest load of **** going.


Would you shut down a service that had gained 150 million daily users?

You guys...

Oh wait. Lies and conspiracies based on personal non-use experiences of the network. I get it. Sorry.

Northgrove said,

Would you shut down a service that had gained 150 million daily users?

You guys...

Oh wait. Lies and conspiracies based on personal non-use experiences of the network. I get it. Sorry.

Their numbers are flawed. Signup for a Google account, get a G+ account.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
They likely count just going to Google with your Google account left logged in as a "login".

exactly what I think, I signed up for a YOUTUBE account, and it keeps directing me to Google+ for some stupid ass reason.

I am really ****ed at how google is trying to force you to use this POS.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
They likely count just going to Google with your Google account left logged in as a "login".

Nope. Google gave more data on this, and 50% of all G+ users are on average active for 12 minutes a day on Google+. If they counted ANY Google activity, that number would shoot through the roof.

Why do you have trouble believing these numbers? My feed is at least as active as on Facebook. Actually, it's kind of crowded and I need to clean up my circles a bit soon. It's like Twitter but with actual conversations.

Edited by Northgrove, Jun 28 2012, 8:51am :

flexkeyboard said,
bahhhh waaa hahahah....ok google have fun in your pond. I still have yet to see any actual people using it.

now you see one... well read one

flexkeyboard said,
bahhhh waaa hahahah....ok google have fun in your pond. I still have yet to see any actual people using it.

I use it.

flexkeyboard said,
bahhhh waaa hahahah....ok google have fun in your pond. I still have yet to see any actual people using it.

I use it, quite a lot. I will use it even more now that Events is available.

Go troll elsewhere!

150m active users my arse. The only reason people "log in" to G+ is because every time you use their search engine, or most of their other products, like picasa, google maps/earth, gmail, calendar, youtube etc you are AUTOMATICALLY also logged into G+

The number of REAL users of G+ would be closer to the number of G+ developers at google.

the sooner they stop foisting that rubbish onto their customers the better.

I actually deleted my G+ account because of all the unwanted interaction with G+ and the actual google application I was using.

flexkeyboard said,
bahhhh waaa hahahah....ok google have fun in your pond. I still have yet to see any actual people using it.

WTF. Lots of people ARE using it. Just stop posting this crap.

This is for example Wil Wheaton's page:

https://plus.google.com/108176814619778619437/posts

Please take note of: likes, shares, comments. And then consider Wil is one among many. Last evening, he was racking up comments to a post more quickly than on Facebook!

WHY do people have this hard believing these statistics? If you don't see activity there, it's because you follow people who aren't active or you're not understanding how to use the network. Google wouldn't lie about this, and rather withhold the statistics if they didn't feel like talking about it. If they give stats that are wrong, they would get into trouble if people find out.

For people to follow, try this site, among others: http://www.group.as/

There are dozens and dozens of similar sites and collections of people to follow.

Edited by Northgrove, Jun 28 2012, 8:49am :

dvb2000 said,
150m active users my arse. The only reason people "log in" to G+ is because every time you use their search engine, or most of their other products, like picasa, google maps/earth, gmail, calendar, youtube etc you are AUTOMATICALLY also logged into G+

If what you say is true, wouldn't Google+ users be "active" for more than 12 minutes a day on average (Google statistics)? What you say doesn't make any sense.

Edited by Northgrove, Jun 28 2012, 8:23am :

Northgrove said,

If what you say is true, wouldn't Google+ users be "active" for more than 12 minutes a day on average (Google statistics)? What you say doesn't make any sense.

the 12 minutes would be the time the people stay in the other google app, before they close the browser or go to another "none google" site.